Originally Posted by Bredette
(while middle doesn't prevent flying through window)
With a properly installed, properly used seat (harness in the right slots, adjusted snuggly, etc.,) there should be no fear about flying through the window. The seat should hold the child in place in the event of a crash.
My DS rides in the middle FF. Not only do I believe it's safer for him there, I find it a better arrangement for carrying extra passengers. Most adults would rather be squished beside his seat on either side than be squished against each other if he were outboard
As an extra bonus, DS gets a good view out the front window, which he really seems to enjoy (but please don't take that as a reason to turn your toddler FF if they fit RF... DS is over 40lbs, so RF is no longer an option for him
.) I also find it convenient to be able to kneel on the seat beside him, out of the elements, to do up his harness - rather than standing outside the car if he were outboard.
Just my two cents, anyway!
BTW, a great source of carseat info is car-seat.org